Dr Suman Prinjha (PhD MBACP)
Have you been feeling anxious, depressed, or burnt-out with work? Are you dealing with relationship issues, illness, or going through lots of difficult changes? We all face times when we feel confused, stuck or lacking in clarity yet we’d like to feel confident and clear. During these challenging or uncertain times, talking to someone who listens, yet has distance from the issue, can really help.
How counselling can help
The decision to look for a therapist and start having counselling can be daunting, yet it can also be the first step to making sense of what might be happening and your feelings about it. Sometimes it’s hard to talk to family or friends, which can leave us feeling very alone. Counselling offers a space to talk about the things that you might have been bottling up or struggling with.
What to expect from our sessions
I offer compassionate, non-judgemental, confidential yet proactive therapy in a safe and supportive space. Using an integrative person-centred approach to counselling, putting you at the heart of our work together, our sessions would involve working together towards understanding your thoughts, feelings, and any actions that you might want to take. A warm, respectful and trusting relationship would be an important part of working together at a pace that feels right for you.
I work with people on a wide range of issues and particularly anxiety, depression, relationships, work stress, and living with illness. I work with individuals and couples, and tailor the way I work to each situation, using different approaches depending on each person. This can include CBT, solution focussed therapy, psychodynamic counselling, transactional analysis as well as other approaches. I am happy to work short-term and long-term depending on the issues you’d like to work on, and with people of all ages. I can also offer evening and Saturday morning appointments.
I have worked with adults and young people both in the NHS and in private practice. I draw on 19 years of experience gained at the University of Oxford, where I work part-time as a health researcher, as well as valuable experience gained in NHS counselling. I have published research papers on people’s experiences of physical and mental health issues (https://www.phc.ox.ac.uk/team/suman-prinjha).
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
Diploma in Coaching
PhD; MSc; BSc
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Living with illness
£50 for a 1 hour session
I am registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
I also work part-time at the University of Oxford as a health researcher (2001 to date)